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Our approach and Special Educational Needs

By Ajay Sharma – Head of SEN Programmes

We run ten special educational needs (SEN) programmes across London. SEN can be defined as children who have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn – for example: behavioural and social (e.g. difficulty making friends and interacting with others); reading and writing (e.g. . dyslexia), understanding (e.g. Autistic Spectrum Condition), concentrating (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and physical needs or impairments.

We deliver our programmes to over 700 young people with SEN each week. Our coaches work hard to ensure that every child, regardless of his or her starting point, leaves our programmes feeling valued, accomplished and empowered by positive interactions with Greenhouse Sports.

Our SEN coaches work full time in their schools delivering multisports programmes that use traditional sports, adapted sports, physical activities, sensory stations and therapies to promote the development of social, thinking, emotional and physical skills, and work towards independence where possible. If not for Greenhouse Sports’ presence in their schools, most of our participants with SEN would not have regular access to sport or physical activity.

Our SEN programmes in numbers (2013-14)…

  • 64% of participants attended for 30 weeks or more
  • an average of 4 hours of activity were delivered by our coaches per programme per day
  • 86% of young people who attended for 4 hours or more per week showed significant progress against industry standard measurements

What one of our SEN schools says about us…

“Greenhouse is a great organisation to work with, helping us to expand and enrich our sports programme.  The work of our two Greenhouse coaches really helps to engage and motivate children and young people with a range of SEN to be active, develop skills, achieve and enjoy and participate fully in an inclusive sports program that goes beyond a standard curriculum.”